Mumbai Indians’ bowling coach has expressed great appreciation for Jasprit Bumrah after the culmination of a title winning season.
Bond reveals Bumrah prodigiously increasing capability made him re-think the bowling plans of the team ahead of the season.
Lasith Malinga has spearheaded the bowling attack for a long time now. But, in the last couple of seasons, the franchise has moved to Bumrah to perform the role.
A reason behind this move remains Malinga’s growing fitness issues but it can be understood that the decision was mainly motivated by Bumrah’s growing stature as Malinga’s perfect replacement.
Bumrah played a key role in helping Mumbai Indians defend a below-par 129 for eight in the final against Rising Pune Supergiant on Sunday by one run and accomplish their third title win.
Bumrah finished with figures of two for 26 in four overs, including the crucial wicket of MS Dhoni in the 17th over to pave way for the memorable win.
“We had to tweak our bowling attack based on Bumrah’s bowling at the back end,” said Bond at a press conference in Mumbai.
“Then we started to use Malinga through the middle, more as a defensive bowler and that is why we brought the leg-spinner (Karn Sharma) as an attacking option. When you start to base your bowling attack around a bowler like Jasprit, it tells you a lot about his quality. I think he’ll definitely play Test cricket and will be a world-class bowler across all formats.”
Bumrah will be seen in action playing for the blue jersey now when Indian enter the Champions Trophy starting on June 1 in the United Kingdom as the defending champions. Bond asserts that Bumrah will a key man with the ball, stating that his temperament and ability to see off pressure situations with ease will benefit the team greatly.
“The way he has been bowling in this tournament, if he carries that form through to the Champions Trophy, he is going to play a huge role for India’s success,” said Bond, reiterating how good Bumrah was.
“He makes me look good when he bowls the way he does. He is always put under pressure in our team to bowl the tough overs. He has got the skills and the temperament to do it. He has done that for Mumbai and for India. When we look at our bowling attack, we try and balance parts of it around him.”